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Appeal For Witnesses Over ‘Collapsing Shop Fitting Incident’ In Oxford

Boy Dies Of Injuries Sustained At Hugo Boss Store


By Rob Dixon

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after a four-year-old boy died on Saturday (June 8th) from injuries sustained earlier in the week when it is thought that a shop fitting at a Hugo Boss store in Oxfordshire fell on him.

Officers are calling on anyone who was in the store at Bicester Outlet shopping village on Pingle Drive on Tuesday night (June 4th) to get in touch with them as they look to gather more information on the incident.

It is thought that part of a shop fitting fell on the boy causing him serious head injuries. He was then taken to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford but died at the weekend.

The Health and Safety Executive and the local authority environmental health department have been notified of the incident.

Irwin Mitchell represents people who have suffered serious injuries in accidents in public places, including those hurt in shopping centres and retail outlets, helping them to gain answers over the problems they have suffered.

David Urpeth, a Partner and expert in this type of public liability claim, said: “News of this incident is clearly shocking and it is vital that every effort is made to determine how this tragedy happened, and whether anything can be done to prevent it from occurring again.

“Unfortunately, we have seen cases in the past when people have sustained serious injuries in shopping centres and other locations. Like those incidents, it is vital that everything possible is done to learn lessons from this case.

“The information gathered on this will be pivotal to ensuring that retailers are able to take all necessary precautions to minimise the potential risks faced by both their staff and those who visit their shops.”

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